THREE WORLD PREMIERES AND TIMELESS MASTERPIECES HIGHLIGHT LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S 2015-16 SEASON

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THREE WORLD PREMIERES AND TIMELESS MASTERPIECES HIGHLIGHT LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S 2015-16 SEASON

Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane,
One of World’s Foremost Conductors and Pianists,
LACO Features Celebrated and Rising Guest Artists During Season

Season Highlights Include:

•    World Premieres by Derrick Spiva, Gernot Wolfgang and Matthew Aucoin;

•    West Coast Premiere of Brooklyn-Based Composer Timo Andres’ Word of Mouth; and Los Angeles Premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto;

•    Guest Conductors Peter Oundjian (Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Matthias Pintscher (Music Director, France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain), Matthew Halls (Artistic Director, Oregon Bach Festival); and Matthew Aucoin;

•    Guest Artists Michael Barenboim, Violin, in West Coast Debut; Stefan Jackiw, Violin, in Los Angeles Debut; Richard Goode, Piano; Marc-André Hamelin, Piano; Joshua Roman, Cello; Teresa Wakim, Soprano; Colin Ainsworth, Tenor; Andrew Craig Brown, Bass; USC-Thornton Chamber Singers; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus;

•    Star Turns by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Virtuosic LACO Principals Wade Culbreath, Timpani/Percussion, Joshua Ranz, Clarinet, David Shostac, Flute, Allan Vogel, Oboe, Kenneth Munday, Bassoon, and Recently Retired LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd;

•    Five-Concert “Baroque Conversations” Series, with Series Finale Featured as Part of Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, 10-Day Cello Extravaganza Showcasing 25 International Artists;

•    Innovative “Westside Connections” Series Exploring Relationship Between Music and the Mind.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2015-16 season, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, featuring a mix of timeless masterpieces and genre-defying world premieres by Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Derrick Spiva, Gernot Wolfgang, and LACO 2016 Sound Investment Composer Matthew Aucoin; a West Coast premiere by Timo Andres; and a Los Angeles premiere by Mason Bates.  LACO also presents a range of internationally acclaimed and rising guest artists and virtuosic LACO principals who appear on seven “Orchestral Series” programs, a “Discover” concert, five “Baroque Conversations” concerts and three “Westside Connections” evenings.  Other season highlights include five “LACO à la carte” fundraising salons pairing international cuisine with exclusive musical performances in spectacular international residences and LACO’s annual concert gala as well as partnerships with the contemporary classical music ensemble and LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence wild Up, and LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman.  Among the featured artists, many in their LACO debuts, are guest conductors Peter Oundjian, music director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher, music director, France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain; and Matthew Halls, artistic director, Oregon Bach Festival; and guest artists Michael Barenboim, violin, in his West Coast debut; Richard Goode, piano; Joshua Roman, cello; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin, in his Los Angeles debut; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Andrew Craig Brown, bass; USC Thornton Chamber Singers; and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.  LACO Principals Wade Culbreath, timpani/percussion; Joshua Ranz, clarinet; David Shostac, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Kenneth Munday, bassoon; and recently retired LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, are also spotlighted.  LACO performs its “Orchestral Series” on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; its “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium; “Baroque Conversations,” which spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, with four concerts at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the final performance at USC’s Bovard Auditorium; and “Westside Connections,” designed to illustrate the connections between music and other aspects of our lives, at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater in Santa Monica.

Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, marks his 19th season as the Orchestra’s music director.  Hailed by critics, Kahane, who continues his artistic leadership through the 2016-17 season, conducts four of seven “Orchestral Series” concerts from the podium or keyboard, serves as conductor and musical tour guide of the popular “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and appears on the “Baroque Conversations” and “Westside Connections” series.

He conducts the world premieres of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work influenced by traditional West African drumming that opens the season; Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, showcasing LACO Principals Shostac, flute, Vogel, oboe, Munday, bassoon and Todd, horn; and a new work by Matthew Aucoin, a gifted composer, poet and the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor who is “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (The Wall St. Journal).  Aucoin’s piece, which he is conducting himself, is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.  “Sound Investment” gives members not only the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music but also to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition.  Participants invest $300 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.

Additionally, Kahane leads the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’s Word of Mouth on a program that also features LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath performing Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings.  He conducts from the keyboard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, one of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented this season, and leads LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert, providing an in-depth examination of the creation and significance of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”).

Guest conductors making their LACO debuts include German conductor Matthias Pintscher, heralded “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), presenting a program of Beethoven, Ravel and Schoenberg, and “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) conductor Peter Oundijian, who leads Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, featuring the Los Angeles debut of Stefan Jackiw, a “heart-stopping” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) violinist, YouTube sensation and “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune).  Guest conductor Matthew Halls, heralded for his “ironclad command” (Toronto Star), makes his third LACO appearance, leading the Los Angeles premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), in his LACO debut.

Among other featured artists presented this season, Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, makes his highly anticipated West Coast debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music.  Also making their LACO debuts are Richard Goode, an “unforgettable” pianist with “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post), featured on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456; and piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), showcased on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453.

Kahane, Roman, Munday and Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani curate and host performances of LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, of which the first four programs are at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall.  The series finale, a program of cello concertos at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, is a featured event in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, a 10-day cello extravaganza co-hosted by LACO, USC and the LA Phil featuring 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents.  “Baroque Conversations” concerts spotlight repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.  In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides audiences with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level.

LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica continues to step outside the proverbial “music box” with a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and the mind, revisiting a fascinating topic the Orchestra examined five years ago to further examine and also shed light on rapid advancements in neuroscience.  The inter-disciplinary, three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.  In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, poetry, the culinary arts, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.

Three LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday (40 years), Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian (15 years), and Violin I Julie Gigante (30 years).

LACO embarks on its fourth season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and continues as a partner in the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” for the sixth consecutive year, in which selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot for a LACO concert, enhancing preparedness of strings students for a professional career.

Contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up marks the second of a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 3,200 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at professional concert halls, funded by LACO, often including student transportation.

LACO recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for major contributions that further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing, and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community; Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations”; The Colburn Foundation; and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The residency of Derrick Spiva is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions.  Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.
2015-16 SEASON DETAILED

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

LACO presents seven programs in its core “Orchestral Series,” each with back-to-back performances on Saturday nights at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday nights at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and daring new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts four of the seven “Orchestral Series” programs.  Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series this season features a range of exceptional guest artists.

•    Opening: Derrick Spiva, Schubert, Beethoven.  LACO’s 2015-16 season launches with celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works seminal and new, featuring Schubert’s iconic Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished,” and the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work influenced by traditional West African drumming by rising Los Angeles-based composer and Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Derrick Spiva.  In addition, Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, makes his highly anticipated West Coast debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music.  Among the most versatile and exciting artists of his generation, Barenboim has earned accolades from critics and audiences around the globe for his commanding performances.  (Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•    Timo Andres, Mozart, Emmanuel Séjourné, Haydn.  LACO, under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane, presents the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’s Word of Mouth, “an exhilarating chamber symphony suffused with optimism” (The New York Times).  Kahane also conducts the first of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented this season, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, considered unusual in its richness, complexity and scope, featuring Richard Goode, an “unforgettable” pianist with “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post).  LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath is showcased on French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, a two-movement work “gorgeously composed (and) rhythmically reminiscent of classic, mid-20th century French films” (The Villager).  Haydn’s joyous and beloved Symphony No. 88 in G major concludes the program.  (Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 18, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•    Bartók, Mendelssohn, Beethoven.  Guest conductor Peter Oundjian, the “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) music director of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal National Orchestra in Scotland, makes his LACO debut leading Bartók’s brilliant Divertimento, Beethoven’s sunny Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, among the greatest violin concertos ever written, featuring Stefan Jackiw, a “heart-stopping” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) violinist, YouTube sensation and “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune), in his Los Angeles debut.  (Saturday, December 12, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, December 13, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

•    Fauré, Schoenberg, Ravel, Beethoven.  German conductor Matthias Pintscher, music director of the French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, who is noted “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), marks his LACO conducting debut, helming four works, including Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane, Op. 50; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38, which the composer wrote over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra.  Capping the program is Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony.  (Saturday, February 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, February 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

•     Gernot Wolfgang, Mozart.  Kahane conducts the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, which features LACO Principals David Shostac, flute, Allan Vogel, oboe, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, and recently retired Principal Horn Richard Todd, the Orchestra’s four longest-serving wind players.  LACO Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz is highlighted as well on Mozart’s autumnal Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, which was written shortly before the composer’s death. The program concludes with Kahane, as both conductor and soloist – a compelling feat that is one of the hallmarks of his LACO tenure – in Mozart’s turbulent Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, the only one of the composer’s six “Golden Period” piano concertos written in a minor key.  (Saturday, March 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

•    Prokofiev, Mason Bates, Haydn.  Oregon Bach Festival Music Director Matthew Halls, heralded for his “ironclad command of the smallest details in the score” (Toronto Star), makes his third LACO appearance, conducting the Los Angeles premiere of San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates’s first Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), in his LACO debut.  Lauded as a tapestry of “classical lyricism and melody combining fluidly with blues, jazz elements, and techno rhythms that come straight from the 21st-century electronic club scene” (Classical Voice North America), the piece highlights Bates’s sensibilities as both composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a DJ.  Other featured works include Haydn’s popular Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock,” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical,” both signature works of the Orchestra’s repertoire.  (Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•    Matthew Aucoin, Mozart, Schumann.  LACO’s 2015-16 season concludes with a world premiere by gifted composer/conductor/poet Matthew Aucoin, the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor and “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall St. Journal).  His work, conducted by Aucoin himself, is presented in conjunction with LACO’s singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.  Kahane conducts the remainder of the program, which showcases piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, also among the composer’s “Golden Period” piano concertos.  The program and the season end on a glorious note with Schumann’s deeply-felt Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61.  (Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

DISCOVER BACH’S CANTATA, “SLEEPERS AWAKE”
Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which features a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”), featuring soprano Teresa Wakim, tenor Colin Ainsworth, bass Andrew Craig Brown, the venerated USC-Thornton Chamber Singers and acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of this and other cantatas composed by Bach.  (Saturday, January 23, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Jeffrey Kahane, cellist Joshua Roman, Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani and LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday curate and host performances of LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, of which the first four programs are being held at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. The series finale at USC’s Bovard’s Auditorium, a program of cello concertos with cellists Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima leading the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is a crowning feature of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, a 10-day cello extravaganza co-hosted by LACO, USC and the LA Phil showcasing 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides audiences with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each Zipper Hall program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.  (Thursdays, November 12, 2015; February 4, March 24, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other artistic disciplines, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” series continues to step outside the proverbial “music “box” with this season’s theme, Music and the Mind, a thought-provoking re-exploration of a topic first visited by the Orchestra five years ago to shed light on connections between music and the mind and rapid advancements in neuroscience.  The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.  In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.  “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 344-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs.  (Thursdays, March 10, April 7, May 5, 2016, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica; time/programs to be announced)

LACO À LA CARTE   
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. Included this season are salons at the residences of the consuls general of Finland, Mexico and Turkey, among others. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, locations and programs to be announced)

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA
LACO’s annual concert gala, highlighted by a special performance featuring LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and members of the Orchestra, includes silent and live auctions and a sumptuous dinner.  The elegant fundraiser takes place on Saturday, February 13, 2016; Pat and Sandy Gage, who co-chaired LACO’s two most lucrative galas ever, head the event for a third time. (location and program to be announced)

LACO’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission.  Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually.

•    Meet the Music.  Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at a professional concert hall.  Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles, Pasadena and Burbank unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers.  Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs.  For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance.  Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up, which embarks on the second of a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence.  (location, dates and programs to be announced)

•    Community Partners.  Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community service organizations with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations benefitting from the program include Homeboy Industries; CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Elemental Strings and Band; Institute of Art, Music and Science; Harmony Project; Long Beach Central Area Association; Neighborhood Music School; Plaza de la Raza; Salvation Army Youth Group; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.

•    LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program.  The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career.  Selected Thornton strings students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, both USC Thornton faculty members, and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato and LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.  The next mock audition is slated for November 2, 2015.

•    Master Classes.  For the third consecutive year, LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for AP music classes at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers.  Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.
TICKETS/INFORMATION
For a free season flyer, additional information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.
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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2015-16 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Michael Barenboim, violin

DERRICK SPIVA        Prisms, Cycles, Leaps (world premiere)
SCHUBERT            Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
BEETHOVEN             Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Richard Goode, piano
Wade Culbreath, marimba

TIMO ANDRES            Word of Mouth (West Coast premiere)
MOZART            Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456
EMMANUEL SÉJOURNÉ    Concerto for Marimba and Strings
HAYDN                Symphony No. 88 in G major
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

BARTÓK             Divertimento
MENDELSSOHN        Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
BEETHOVEN            Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Matthias Pintscher, conductor

FAURÉ              Pavane, Op. 50
SCHOENBERG            Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38
RAVEL                Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”)
BEETHOVEN            Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano
David Shostac, flute
Allen Vogel, oboe
Richard Todd, horn
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Joshua Ranz, clarinet

GERNOT WOLFGANG        Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds (world premiere)
MOZART            Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
MOZART            Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Matthew Halls, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello

PROKOFIEV            Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical”
MASON BATES        Cello Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
HAYDN                 Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock”
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

MATTHEW AUCOIN        Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
MOZART            Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453
SCHUMANN            Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
DISCOVER Bach’s Cantata No. 140, “Sleepers Awake”
Thursday, January, 23, 2016, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Thursdays, November 12, 2015; February 4, March 24, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium
WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, March 10, April 7, May 5, 2016, time to be announced, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica
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